Educator Norma Rochester has died
Damion Mitchell, Editor - Radio & Online
Educator Norma Rochester is dead.
Mrs Rochester died at her home in St Andrew this morning following a brief period of illness.
Rochester, a former member of the Toastmaster organisation was popular as the coordinator of the National Schools' Debate and was very passionate about youth development.
"It teaches research, encourages eloquence and respect for the views of others," she told The Gleaner, "and shows that anybody can develop scholarship," she told The Gleaner in April, 2009.
Rochester was also hopeful that youngsters would have benefited from the positive impact of debating.
"If these students take leadership and practice these skills, we should be in good hands," she said.
In recent years she also lectured at the University of Technology.
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